organization

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noun

or·​ga·​ni·​za·​tion ˌȯr-gə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce organization (audio)
ˌȯrg-nə-
1
a
: the act or process of organizing or of being organized
the organization of his material into a speech
b
: the condition or manner of being organized
a group with a high degree of organization
2
a
: association, society
charitable organizations
b
: an administrative and functional structure (such as a business or a political party)
The new president plans to make changes to the company's organization.
also : the personnel of such a structure
The organization will vote on the proposed changes.

organization

2 of 2

adjective

: characterized by complete conformity to the standards and requirements of an organization
an organization man

Example Sentences

Noun She is the leader of an international organization devoted to the protection of natural resources. He has been working on the organization of his notes into an outline. She is responsible for the organization of the party. The new president plans to make changes to the company's organization.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
There’s good organization and a rear compartment with a waterproof zipper to protect your laptop. Louryn Strampe Gear Team, WIRED, 19 Nov. 2022 In many respects, the Bears and Falcons are mirror images, and that has nothing to do with the familiar faces within the Atlanta organization. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 19 Nov. 2022 And Ben Boettger, who closely watches the Cook Inlet gas industry for the advocacy organization Alaska Public Interest Research Group, said it’s prudent for the utilities to be studying the issue and assessing relative costs. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Nov. 2022 To nominate a candidate from one's business or organization, visit https://files.constantcontact.com/91329166001/2ba7c78a-6e23-4db7-a093-56e2c035fd00.pdf?rdr=true . Arkansas Online, 19 Nov. 2022 Proceeds will benefit MusiCares, the Grammy Awards’ charity organization for music-industry members in need. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country, according to research organization Prison Policy Initiative. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2022 Still, any organization dedicated to serving parents will need to pick its social and legal battles. Dana Suskind, The Atlantic, 18 Nov. 2022 The views reflected in this article are the views of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ernst & Young LLP or other members of the global EY organization. Jeffrey Grabow, Fortune, 18 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of organization was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near organization

Cite this Entry

“Organization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/organization. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

organization 1 of 2

noun

or·​ga·​ni·​za·​tion ˌȯrg-(ə-)nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce organization (audio)
1
: the act or process of organizing
2
: the condition or manner of being organized
a high degree of organization
3
a
: a group of persons organized for some purpose
a business organization
b
: an administrative and functional unit (as a business or a political party)
also : the personnel of such a unit
organizational
-shnəl
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

organization

2 of 2

adjective

: behaving and thinking in a way that an organization would approve of

Medical Definition

organization

noun

or·​ga·​ni·​za·​tion
variants also British organisation
1
a
: the act or process of organizing or of being organized
b
: the condition of being organized
2
: the formation of fibrous tissue from a clot or exudate by invasion of connective tissue cells and capillaries from adjoining tissues accompanied by phagocytosis of superfluous material and multiplication of connective tissue cells

Legal Definition

organization

noun

or·​ga·​ni·​za·​tion
: a body (as a corporation or union) that has a membership acting or united for a common purpose
organizational adjective

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